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The Philly Four: Masks recommended as officials worry about potential COVID surge

Sam Britt
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Health officials recommend masking indoors

  • As Philadelphia health officials track another COVID subvariant, they are recommending that residents take precautions and wear masks while indoors in public places. The surge in cases in Europe plus the looming concern of spring break travel has officials worried that another wave of COVID is beginning to crest. While the city remains at an all-clear level for now, some are worried masking may go back to being required indoors.

Over 500,000 Pennsylvanians in danger of losing Medicaid

  • More than half a million Pennsylvanians are in danger of losing Medicaid if the Families First Coronavirus Recovery Act provision that requires states to keep ineligible people insured runs out. The provision requires states to cover these people as long as the country is facing a public health emergency. Estimates show that over 500,000 people are in danger of losing their health insurance if this happens.

Feds crack down on Philadelphia carjackings

  • A federal task force released the names of the eight people they arrested who were suspected of carjacking and other violent crimes. The Philadelphia Carjacking Task Force is headed by the local FBI division and is focused on combating the rising number of car thefts across the Philadelphia region. Federal officials said that the eight people arrested face sentences of between seven years and life in prison.

Pa. State Police settle profiling suit

  • The Pennsylvania State Police settled a lawsuit claiming that they were illegally attempting to enforce immigration laws and were doing so by profiling Hispanic drivers for traffic stops. The 10 plaintiffs in the 2019 suit each were paid $865,000. The settlement also got the state police to change their policy so that their troopers would not be able to enforce civil immigration laws.

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